Sheboygan Silverbacks' Josh Cook (14) grips the ball during action with Fond du Lac Tuesday June 30, 2015 in Sheboygan. (Photo: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media)
Wisconsin takes a small break from rugby action this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July and America! But we still have some great updates from around the Sconnie Nation pitches. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ... and remember, the sparkley parts of fireworks should be pointed away from your face.
Via Brad Casetta - A full month of June with 7s every weekend has passed. What a great time each tournament has been with Lakefront 7s ending June! It is time for a break and the 4th of July weekend is well needed. There is one more sevens tournament of the summer. That is the Lion Hunter 7s in Oconomowoc July 11th. Then it’s the Brian Bowers Pigfest 10s in Oshkosh July 18th, Lumberjack 10s in Minocqua July 25th and Stuart Daily Memorial 10s, August 8.
Have a great 4th weekend!
KUXMANN RETURNS FROM SOUTH AFRICA REF TRAINING
Local Wisconsin referee Cody Kuxmann recently returned from South Africa and an intensive rugby referee training program.
USA Rugby has a nice article on his training abroad and the overall experience. Great work Cody!
Lakefront 7s was another huge success! As one of the many usual rugby suspects commented on the day, it is like Rugby New Year’s thanks to all the great matches and running into everyone you know from far and wide.
You can help make next year’s Lakefront 7s even better by taking this survey here. The organizers are looking for your feedback before this Monday, July 6. And don’t forget to follow Lakefront 7s on Twitter and Like Lakefront 7s on Facebook to check out this past weekend’s results, photos, and updates!
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
Girls All-Star 15s
The Wisconsin Girls U-19 Selects traveled to Rockford, Ill., this past weekend to compete in a second All-Star Weekend. Here’s a recap from the Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League facebook page:
Here are the results of last week-ends RCT All-Star tournament in Rockford, IL.
Varsity, Day 1:
WI 17 Ohio North 41: This game was close until mid-way through the 2nd half when Ohio North scored 3 late tries to put the game away. The Ohio North team is very good and is made up primarily of players from two schools in the Cleveland area, St Joe and Lakewood.
WI 15 IL 15: WI scored a late try to salvage a tie in this game.
Varsity, Day 2:
WI 29 IL 5: Wisconsin dominated this game, scoring five tries to IL one try.
WI 14 Ohio North 31: The WI girls played much better on Sunday against Ohio North. The half ended with the score 12-7 in Ohio's favor on a Wisconsin turnover on the Ohio 2 meter line. Each team scored in the beginning of the 2nd half and the score was 19-14. Ohio scored two late tries to pull away.
Junior Varsity, Day 1
WI 22 Erie Renegades 7
WI 42 Erie Renegades 5
The JV team played two games of 10's on Saturday as Erie had only 15 players on their roster. They looked dominating in their effort.
Girls All-Star 7s
The rosters have been set for the two Wisconsin teams taking part in our first annual All-Star Seven's Tournament being held in Cottage Grove at the beautiful Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex. The tournament will start at Noon on Saturday July 11. We will be joined by Iowa (and we think Minnesota) for a round robin tournament.
We feel we have a lot of talent on both teams and we hope to take a team on the road to tournaments like Las Vegas and Atlanta next Spring. We split the teams up evenly and the rosters are as follows:
Meg Walker Senior DSHA
Shamice Cole Senior DSHA
Maeve Hanley Junior DSHA
Sarah Clarke Soph. DSHA
Allison Koenig Fresh. Catholic Memorial
Meaghan Schmidt Junior Catholic Memorial
Megan Bird Soph. Oak Creek
Aliana Cervera Junior Oak Creek
Lauren Bucholz Fresh. Oak Creek
Monique Foster Soph Vernon
Mercede Champlin Soph Vernon
Emily Winter Senior Brookfield
Reina Anderson Senior Brookfield
Abby Andler Soph Brookfield
Sam Bartz-Kolp Junior Brookfield
Areliz Rivera Fresh Brookfield
Morgan Pinzer Senior Brookfield
Aiyanna Primer Soph Brookfield
Nicky Lehto Fresh Brookfield
Ally Rusch Junior Muskego
Maggie Kelley Junior Fond du Lac
Aliana Passarella Fresh Fond du Lac
MEN’S COLLEGIATE UPDATE
The WIIL men’s rugby collegiate conference (Wisconsin-Illinois) has a new Facebook page to follow for scores and updates. They shared a great article from the Sheboygan Press about the new team starting up in Sheboygan, Wis., with some alumni from both UW-Platteville and UW-Stout. Great to see rugby back in Sheboygan again!
USA WOMEN’S CAPTAIN HAILS FROM WISCONSIN
In Case You Missed It ... The USA Rugby Women’s National team defeated Canada this week in a superseries match, 36-28, in Canada. The team was lead in this victory by Jane Paar, a center who hails from Wisconsin and played her high school rugby for the Brookfield Bruisers.
It’s always great to see local talent rise up to the top levels of rugby in our country!